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EE 571/471 Sustainable Energy Systems David Shaw 2/10/2010
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Assignment Do you think the global warming potential of a given amount of GHG emission would be different with a different global circulation climate model? Explain your reasoning. (1-2 single-space page)
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Climate Forcing The Earth's climate changes when the incoming energy from the Sun and outgoing heat from the Earth is upset through several mechanisms: Variation in the Earth's orbit, variations in ocean circulation Changes in the composition of the Earth's atmosphere. By altering the global energy balance, such mechanisms "force" the climate to change. Consequently, scientists call them "climate forcing" mechanisms.
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Climate Sensitivity Equilibrium change in global and annual mean surface air temperature T due to an increment in downward radiative flux R f that would result from sustained doubling of atmospheric CO2 over its pre-industrial value (2 × CO2).
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Climate forcing feedback Water vapor feedback -- If the atmosphere is warmed, the
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